There’s been a lot of talk recently about the world ‘opening up again’ as pandemic-related restrictions are lifted, and travel plans can be changed from wishful thinking to actual lived experiences.
‘Opening up’ is the perfect phrase for where we find ourselves in mid-2022. After two years of lockdowns and necessarily limited horizons, luxury in a travel context has come to mean space and freedom.
From the same four walls to no walls at all.
Putting the ‘real’ in real estate
As people return to the skies and begin criss-crossing the globe again, there’s one destination that – above all others – offers the boundless vistas that travellers have been craving.
Welcome to Africa, a continent where you can find the space to breathe, dream and imagine.
At Wilderness, we have the immense privilege of helping protect some 2.3 million hectares of pristine African ecosystems across countries as diverse as Namibia, Botswana and Rwanda. That’s an impressive amount of space.
We’ve always tried to think big – not for ourselves, but for Africa’s wildlife and communities. We recognise that species need space if they are to thrive, and that protected areas need to be grand in scale if they are to be ecologically viable.
The new luxury
As a happy consequence of our approach to meta-conservation, we can offer our guests the ultimate luxury: space.
From the sky-scraping dunes of the Namib to the horizon-wide floodplains of the Okavango, each of our remote camps is set in locations that take you far from congestion and overcrowding. Imagine places where you never hear a police siren or car horns, where the only lights at night are stars, and where the nearest people in any direction are miles away.
Our planet is anything but lonely, which makes being alone – or only with your family – a rare treat. On a safari holiday, this feeling isn’t a guilty pleasure – by appreciating the space you find yourself in, you’re helping to ensure that the same vast wilderness remains intact for future generations.
Africa is immense – which is part of what makes every journey here so special, and helps to explain why it is so rich in habitats and wildlife. At the same time, Africa’s limitless wild spaces offer the perfect setting for more intimate moments. These could be exceptional wildlife sightings that you share with just a handful of other guests – moments that are only possible where creatures have the space they need to follow their instinct, and live unfettered lives.
Equally, they could be moments that you make, whether you travel as a couple or a multi-generational family. From proposals to vow renewals, anniversaries to announcements, a sweeping backdrop of dunes, palm trees or rainforest provides a wild contrast to 9-to-5 reality that helps everyone live in the moment.
To experience the luxury of space on Earth, contact your preferred travel agent.
Photographs by Holden Frith
Let’s plan your next journey
When we say we’re there every step of the way, we mean it, literally. From planning the perfect circuit, to private inter-camp transfers on Wilderness Air, and easing you through Customs. We’re with you on the ground, at your side, 24-7, from start to finish. Ready to take the road less travelled? Contact our Travel Designers to plan an unforgettable journey.